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May 6, 2013 5:46 AM

Drone cargo helicopters prove worth in Afghanistan, leading way to civilian uses

In January, a small group of U.S. Marines at a remote base near the village of Shurakay in northern Helmand province was running low on ammunition after days of fighting. The road in was too dangerous for a resupply convoy, and there were so many Taliban fighters that a helicopter crew trying to fly in would have been at serious risk.

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